Oh my gosh, it’s January already- how is that even possible? Happy 2017! And to start the new year off right, I’m doing it with sparkles.
I had seen versions of this idea floating around on Pinterest and just KNEW I had to make my own. I’ll be the first to admit that I actually prefer vintage rhinestone ANYTHING over real diamonds- crazy, I know! Anyway, this is wonderfully easy to make…the hardest part is actually collecting the vintage rhinestone buttons! But over time, I gathered a handful of pretties in different shapes and sizes. The common denominator (other than rhinestones, of course) is that they were all shank buttons.
To create my own button charm bracelet, I just needed a few other crafting ingredients: Chain, jump rings and clasp, and jewelry pliers. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
My wrist is seriously the only dainty body part I have, so after selecting a large-link chain for my bracelet, I needed to size it down. So, I grabbed my jewelry pliers to remove a few links.
Once I figured out a good size, I added a clasp. The chain came with a lobster claw clasp, but I am just not that coordinated…so I swapped it out with a strong magnetic clasp– but any clasp would do.
Now I just needed to attach my buttons! This is where the jump rings come in…first, I stretched out my chain and started lining up my buttons…mostly to make sure I had enough (which I did!).
Then, I simply opened up jump rings, slipped on a rhinestone button, and closed the ring around a loop on my chain. I mean seriously- it’s just that simple!
I’m kind of embarrassed at how simple this is…it probably didn’t warrant a blog post!
Ok- time to lay out the chain and look for holes and symmetry (or asymmetry, if you’d like). I see room for a couple of more buttons- and as I hope you can tell, I tried to attach jump ring/buttons to each side of the chain.
And then that’s it- all done! And seriously, pretty darn gorgeous, if I do say so myself.
I love the flash of it…this is the best kind of “ice” to have in January, right?
And now my mind is going in all kinds of directions…different shank buttons in various color combos…or hunting down different color rhinestone shank buttons! They’re rare, but out there…because I might just need to have a few more of these!
While we’re on the subject of jewelry, I’ve teamed up with one of my favorite vintage jewelry artisans, Bel Monili, for a giveaway to kick things off in January. This pair of oh-so-pretty earrings is up for grabs…all you need to do is enter below! (Open to residents of the USA only, please).
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The winner will be contacted on or after January 9, 2017 when the contest has ended.
Happy New Year!…and Craft on!